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Monday, July 18, 2005

Dutch Tolerance and Welfare Helped Breed Terrorists

Leon de Winter, a Dutch novelist and political columnist for Elsevier magazine, discussed the problems created by a "tolerant" society that destroyed its "forms of traditional authority and heirarchy" while embarking on uncontrolled immigration of Moroccans to do their low-end work.

He wrote the following in a NYT editorial last week that the Dutch opened immigration to:

[Y]oung men from the Rif Mountains of Morocco, most illiterate and many with only a rudimentary grasp of spoken Dutch, to work in Holland's rapidly expanding industries. When they came to the country, often under long-term government work visas, they were faced with a highly educated but apparently decadent society in the grip of a cultural revolution. Many were astonished: was this country some sort of freak show?

As the 1980's developed into a tech and service economy, the unskilled Morrocans' were less needed. However, they were not returned to Morrocco.

Instead they were given extensive social benefits and their families were allowed to come from Morocco to join them. It was the birth of the ethnic-religious ghettoes that surround our affluent cities and towns.

And thus the delicate mechanism of Holland's traditional tolerant society gradually lost its balance. The news media, politicians and artists gnawed away at the traditional values of Calvinistic civic society, while in the bleak Muslim suburbs resentment grew among the Moroccans' Dutch-born children, who found the promise of an affluent life unfulfillable.

Much the same has occurred in Britain. The Muslim clerics live on state-supported welfare while indoctrinating the young against the West and specifically plot the acts of terror like we saw 2 weeks ago.

If there were less welfare programs, people would have to expend their energies in earning a living. The Muslim immigrant would either be too tired or not have enough time to plot attacks or would actually thrive in a market economy and pend their free time plotting how to increase their retirement portfolios.

I have an unemployed friend who has barely worked since 9-11. He has time to hatch up conspiracies of the republican conservatives while sitting at home. Every now and then he offers diatribes on economics, history, science and the constitution without having pursued even a rudimentary study of any of these subjects in his 4-year sabbatical. Thankfully, he is not likely to be a suicide bomber since he would have to leave to read a manual on making a bomb, he would have to leave his apartment to get bomb materials and then get to a target outside. Unfortunately, the terrorists have more motivation to leave the house than my buddy.

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